Many visitors apply for a General Visitor visa to visit the UK for leisure, or as a tourist on holiday. It can be applied 3 months before the intended date of travel to the UK and a decision on the visa normally takes 3 weeks.
How long you can stay
The duration of stay on a General Visitor visa in UK is 6 months. A long-term visit visa can also be applied in case there is likelihood of making repeated visits over a longer period. One can stay for a maximum period of 6 months on each visit, and the visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.
Visa Fee is (£83) and for 1 year (£300), 2 years (£300) , 5 years (£544)10 years (£737)
Taking up paid or unpaid work, living in the UK for long periods through frequent visits, marrying or registering in civil partnerships, or marrying are prohibited.
You can apply for a General Visitor visa on being 18 or over, and travel to UK for leisure. You must be able to support yourself for the duration of the trip, and able to pay for your return journey
In case of long-term visit visa you need to prove the reason of frequency of visiting UK.
3. Documents you must provide
The essentials to be provided are a current passport, other valid travel identification, 2 passport size color photographs, evidence of financial support during the trip based on bank statements or pay slips for the last 6 months. Moreover the details of place of stay and travel plans are also required. Additional documents need to be provided depending on specific circumstances.
For 2013 499,780 visas were issued to tourists.
UK is seriously competitive. The key to a successful application is not to lobby or to hire an agent, but to read the guidelines thoroughly, and submit the requested and required documentation. Attending the Visa Application Centre is mandatory. Other detailed instructions are found in websites.
The authorities are constantly on the lookout for further improvements to this system. And make the process simpler. Applicants get a feeling that UK offers full respect and wants them to succeed, after meeting tough criteria. Every application is judged fairly, rigorously, transparently, and on merits. The facts on the pages and the supporting documents decide its fate.